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Lower Swatara board again will discuss UPS regional hub plan Thursday

The Lower Swatara Township Planning Commission again will meet this Thursday to discuss the petition to amend a zoning ordinance which would allow UPS to construct a regional hub facility in the 2100 …

Pumpkin Fest at Middletown Home scheduled for Sept. 17

The Middletown Home will host its No. 1 fundraiser, the annual Pumpkin Fest, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. Pumpkin Fest 2017 will feature three live bands performing on stage in the …

Middletown man among three charged Lancaster County heroin overdose death: Middletown Police Roundup

Glenn Charles Ayers Jr., 25, of Middletown, is among three people who on Aug. 8 were charged with felony drug delivery resulting in death in connection with an Elizabethtown man who died from an …

Several car accidents occur in township: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

An Irwin resident pleaded guilty to a traffic citation following an investigation of her involvement in a two-car crash at 5:41 p.m. Aug. 9 in the 800 block of South Eisenhower Boulevard. Police …

Harry Hicks: 20 years as a Middletown school crossing guard, and back for more this year

Almost every school day, without fail for 20 years, children walking to and from Fink Elementary School have seen the same sight a few blocks from the school building. At the corner of Adelia …

Harrisburg International Airport gets $10.9 million federal grant for runway

A $10.9 million federal grant has been awarded to Harrisburg International Airport to rehabilitate the airport’s only runway. The funds will be used to prolong the life of the runway pavement, …

Residents gather at Middletown Church of God in show of solidarity over Charlottesville

Middletown residents added their voices to the many who have been gathering in cities and towns across the country in response to the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. …
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New-look Blue Raiders football team takes to the field

The Middletown football team had a productive scrimmage with Hershey on Saturday morning at War Memorial Field. As with most first-week scrimmages, Saturday’s was a chance for the coaches …

Blue Raiders boys soccer team wants to build on last year’s playoff run

  A 6-0 loss to top-seeded Tulpehocken brought the Middletown boys soccer team’s season to an end last year, but the fact that Middletown advanced that far at all is …

Blue Raider golfers look to improve on last season’s one-win effort

For the last few years, Middletown golf has mostly been in the bunker as far as results go. But this year, the hope is to be more in the fairway. Last year, the team went winless in Mid-Penn …

Blue Raiders football team preparing for season

Thanks to Bill Darrah and Donald Graham for these shots from last week's heat acclimatization sessions by the Middletown Blue Raiders football team. Practice technically could not start until …

Ex-Middletown athletic director King leaves district altogether for job in Ephrata

First Jeremy King left his position as Middletown Area School District athletic director to become a teacher at the high school. Now he has left the district altogether, before the school year …

Smith brings baseball background to Middletown athletic director job

H. Clifford “Cliff” Smith is no stranger to sports. He’s a former professional athlete, baseball coach and assistant athletic director at Elizabethtown College, and now he’ll be using …

Middletown Area High School boys and girls cross country ready to run, individually and as team

The Middletown Area High School cross country teams began their first official practice of the season on Monday, Aug. 14, and with the start of a new season, comes new expectations. After …

What will the Blue Raiders football team do for an encore in 2017? Team tries to look forward

Competition has been the theme so far for the Middletown Area High School football squad as players and coaches prepare for the 2017 season. That mantra is a good one to have as Middletown …
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Troop 97 visits National Boy Scout Jamboree

“Jambo” means “hello” in the language of Swahili. Members of Londonderry Township’s Troop 97 got to say just that to more than 36,000 fellow Boy Scouts at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in …

Bras Across the Bridge raises almost $40,000

The third annual Bras Across the Bridge event hosted by the Feel Your Boobies Foundation was held Saturday, Aug. 12, and it raised almost $40,000 to support the organization’s College Outreach …

Middletown Area High School band puts in long hours preparing for year

Fall athletic teams aren’t the only scholastic groups preparing for the upcoming months. The 53 members of the Middletown Area High School marching band have been tuning up for concerts and …

Potassium iodide tablet giveaway set for TMI area

As part of its annual distribution to replace expired potassium iodide, or KI tablets, the Department of Health will offer free tablets on Thursday, Aug. 24, to Pennsylvanians who live or work within …

Big jump for MASD kindergarten enrollment: Board dips into budgetary reserve to hire teacher

By Dan Miller danmiller@pressandjournal.com Enrollment is up at all Middletown Area School District schools this year — especially in kindergarten, where an unexpected spike in enrollment …

Keeping an eye on Monday's solar eclipse? Better be careful

Barbara Scull remembers when her father took her and her family to Montreal to see a total eclipse in July 1963. This year, on Monday, the Middletown Public Library staff member again will …

Monday pizza delivery fundraiser will benefit borough’s Kids Kastle

If you like pizza — and who doesn’t? — and you want to support a worthy cause in Middletown at the same time, then Mayor James H. Curry III has a deal for you. Curry and a bunch of other …
Editorials

Schools’ impact go deeper than just education: Editorial

From Penn State Harrisburg down to preschools and everywhere in between, school is back in session. Are you one of the students heading to class? Maybe you are a parent, or grandparent, of one of …
Columnists

Take advantage of what Penn State has to offer: Susannah Gal

“They’re back!!” That’s what we used to say when we lived in East Lansing, Michigan, and about 40,000 students would return to attend classes at Michigan State University …

Leftist violence vs. Trump-aligned groups worrisome: James Miller

The chaos that descended upon the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has widened the already gaping tear in our national discourse. What was supposed to be a rally to protest …

Storm sewer systems are designed to ‘fail’: Shirley Clark

When it rains, stormwater will go two places. First it will try to infiltrate into the soil to replenish the groundwater. However, if the rainfall rate is higher than the infiltration rate, flows …
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